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  1. Shoe tools

    Hello. I am completely new to leatherworking and I want to make some shoes. I could use a bit of guidance regarding tools and such. Can anybody estimate the size/type of thread/needles/awl for the more decorative stitching in this next video, even a rough guess? https://youtu.be/iHwE9C_3MUo?t=45 Starts at 45 seconds. Another video with similar tools here, at 7:31. https://youtu.be/IG02Iwl2kt4?t=451 The awls seem especially difficult to find. Any advice welcome. Thanks! -Aaron
  2. ISO Supreme 60 or similar

    ISO supreme 60 shoe finisher/sander. I know what they cost new to ship so obviously I don't want to pay that much if possible. Any help is appreciated.
  3. ISO supreme 60 finisher or similar

    ISO supreme 60 shoe finisher/sander. I know what they cost new to ship so obviously I don't want to pay that much if possible. Any help is appreciated.
  4. Truely Shoe lasts are very very rare to find. i found a couple stores locally that sells them. One of the stores sells only in dozens and for female foot - with varied sizes. Luckily the other store sells individual pairs for men sizes, BUT, my foot is size 9&1/2 and the last few ones they have are size 8&1/2 and size 8.... Having seen some youtube videos of cordwainers modifying their last shapes by adding cork boards, I went and bought the size 8&1/2 and some cork boards... i havent fully done the modification, but still is about half way and i've added about 3 layers of cork on the outer side. - My feet are fairly wide. As i see the lasts, they still need about a layer of cork more on the inner side... So my question is... Is there a limitation to this modification?.. is 3 layers of cork on one side ok?... seeking the wisdom of those who have done this.
  5. Sandals! Lehigh Valley

    Hello! I've gone barefoot too long and now I can't find a summer sandal that doesn't look like a brick or isn't an orthotic. I'm looking for someone local who can make a simple huaraches-like footbed and laces (I'm looking for something fairly strappy and simple!) Thank you!
  6. Its been couples of years here in this platform with you folks. I can remember that when i opened this id I was doing my undergrad. Undergrad complete years ago and headed to accomplish postgraduate. And of course doing work with leather. Well, today i'm going share with you a event which is going to take place in Ashland, Oregon, USA in June 24-26, 2016. The event is "Footwear Symposium 2016". If you are a shoemaker or footwear professional or shoelover then a huge G2G is waiting for you in there. Like previous year 2015, this year in June 24 to 26 Footwear Symposium is going to happen. Shoemaker from different location goes there in order to exchange knowledge. Show off there work and interact with different personalities. Shoe Designer find inspiration, gather knowledge and understanding about footwear making process like construction and finishing. Shoe repair expert finds repairing material source. And Shoe Making Student/Learner meet shoe expert and learn comprehensive shoe making. Everything in a row! So why wait! You too also join there!!Website of Footwear Symposium already started registration for this year pretty soon. You could register yourself from www.footwearsymposium.com as attendant. All other related information is there regarding to the event, Guest Lecturer, Speaker or Venue, Schedule and in details. You could attend there demonstrate your art work also! So friends lets meet there!!!!
  7. Hey Everyone. I'm Carson. A 16 year old high school student from Canada. Been leathercraftin for 4-6 months and about 5 hours a day. I've made bags wallets and even leather dress shoes although I did not carve the shoe last by hand. I'm really hoping to be an active member and contribute positively as much as I possibly can. Any other teens on here who leather craft?
  8. Finally Decided To Join!

    Hello all, I'm a beginning shoe and eventually boot maker in Utah. I'm just finishing up on my first pair of shoes. I will post my progress shortly when I can collect all the pictures and get them into one spot. My leather interests include shoe and boot making, bags, and whatever else I may come across. I hope to do some more learning and interacting. Before, I just went to this forum and perused but didn't become a member. Thanks!
  9. As the title , how do I make lasts so l can make myself a pair of everyday boots. I have heard ofof plaster casts, feet in jelly and so on -but I want to end up with a pair of wood lastsI can make the boot directly onto. HELP! Best Wishes Claire
  10. I was reading and watching a lot on shoe and boot making. I wanted to get into making my first pair of dress shoes or chukka boots but where I am having trouble is with the lasts. I don't know what model/style or size to get plus where to get them from. If anyone has any helpful knowledge or insights it'll be great. Neil.
  11. Hello all, I have recently been working on a pair of shoes for a vegetarian friend of mine and have run into a wall when it comes to attaching the soles. I am having trouble coming up with a suitable alternative to leather for making an insole to outsole that can be welted by means of a feather. Any suggestions? Is there a way around this that anyone may have experience with such as forgoing the welt entirely and cementing the outsole directly? Is there something that may work in a similar fashion to a cut feather for sewing the welt? Thanks in advance Kenneth
  12. Hello there, this question is for any shoemakers or anyone with some input out there. I am interested in getting into bespoke shoemaking and am looking for advice, recommendations, and input from those of you with experience. I have been doing plenty of research and am still unsure what kind of sewing machine might be the best fit for me. I have been looking into walking foot machines but i would have to say that the majority of the videos and images I've seen of people actually sewing vamps and uppers on machines using a roller foot rather than a walking foot. is this better for cobbling or are these, roller feet, designed to do things specifically that walking feet are less compatible to? some other questions I wouldn't mind answered: -places I can purchase single pairs of rubber, silicone. shoe soles that I could cement to shoes I make. (I want to work with canvas shoes too) -tools: where to buy them, or how to make them. which ones are essential. -suggestions on books, videos, websites, etc. that have useful tutorials and instruction. - anything else you can suggest
  13. I'm really enjoying reading about making footwear in general but i'm having a little bit of trouble. I tend to get caught up in the terminalogy. Can't seem to find a source that tells what piece is what and was wondering if anyone else had found anything worthwhile that described or even has a picture to point out the parts.